3 of the Best - London's Newest Hotel Openings
It seems 2017 is proving to be the year of choice for hoteliers to launch new properties and the city of choice is our very own London town!
There is a real buzz in the events and hospitality world and for us, as event organisers and venue finding specialists, it’s a hugely exciting time. It provides us with new products to sell and experience right on our doorstep but most importantly a new hotel entering the market provides our clients with that something new and exciting which will draw attendees and guests, engage existing audiences and create new fans.
So we’ve done the hard hat tours, we’ve seen the artist impressions, the mood boards and mock up rooms, we’ve had all the media hype, read fact sheets and press releases over the past year and for the past few months its been “stop telling us you’re funny, just make us laugh!” in a metaphorical sense of course.
And boy have we been laughing. Laughing with delight at what the outcome has been. So I thought it would be great to highlight just three stand out newcomers to the London market as they wouldn’t immediately strike you as natural hoteliers but more members club owners and restaurateurs.
In order of appearance…
1. The NED
Well what can be said about the NED without taking up the most part of ones morning. The collaboration of two premier hospitality legends (Soho Group & Sydell Group) delivers something very special that the City has been desperately needing for many years. A place with character and a bit of soul. A place to meet, dine, socialise, network, celebrate and stay. With over 6 excellent F&B outlets within one large space all pulled tactfully together by a central entertainment stage the venue has been a resounding success from day one.
You just need to walk in the doors, at any time during the day, to feel the real pulse of the city within it’s vibrant atmosphere. With an extensive members club (all hotel guests receive an all inclusive membership during their stay) there is more to this special establishment than initially meets the eye. You wouldn’t easily believe there are over 250 guest bedrooms together with a dedicated and tasteful meeting & conference floor. As a founder member, I have been along for the whole journey and after some initial teething issues I think they have certainly hit their stride. I sometimes feel it’s hard to leave the warm embrace of the NED and I’m sure you and your guests / delegates will feel the same!
Meetings & Events
Located in the heart of the City of London, each one of the meeting spaces boasts period features including walnut panelling and vintage chandeliers, as well as ample domed windows to allow for plenty of natural light. Rooms range in size from 21 square metres to 165 square metres, and can accommodate between 4 and 200 people. Food and drinks menus – ranging from cocktails and snacks to four-course dinners
The Ned has six Grade I-listed meeting rooms and two outdoor terraces available to hire on the historic and fully-restored sixth floor
IN AN ICONIC BUILDING designed by Sir Edwin ‘Ned’ Lutyens, The Ned has 252 bedrooms, nine restaurants, rooftop and indoor swimming pools, a gym, spa and hamam.
- Ned’s Club offers members-only access to 2,401 sq metres of unique spaces
Meeting & Event spaces:
The Curtain – Shoreditch
We walked in and instantly fell in love with the venue as it encapsulates everything that is “Shoreditch”. The hipster culture has been embraced and combined with real “NYC Soho” flair. From the in-house, extremely talented, art curator to the confident, personable and talented staff the Curtain delivers on every aspect of service within an aesthetic playground that delights all senses.
A hotel, restaurant, live music venue and members club The Curtain sits at the heart of Shoreditch, London’s most creative district. Centred around 120 guest rooms, including six suites, there is a rooftop pool and lounge, 24-hour gym, treatment rooms, co-working space and 6,000 square feet of event space, with a ballroom, screening room and more. The Curtain is a new landmark in a district bursting with personality.
Meetings & Events:
Whether it’s a grand dinner party, a board meeting or a product launch, The Curtain is bringing the ballroom back, reinvented with state-of-the-art tech for the modern age. Smaller groups can choose from equally stylish spaces: the clubby Screening Room or the decadent Suites and Loft Terraces, with views across the city.
With space for 200 seated and 350 standing, the latest tech, bespoke menus, flexible spaces and a dedicated planning team, there’s no detail too small
Intimate and perfectly formed, the 42-seat lounge space has its own cocktail bar and is ideal for film screenings, gregarious gatherings and creative meetings.
Red Rooster Shoreditch
Acclaimed New York chef and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson brings his celebrated Harlem restaurant to Shoreditch. Red Rooster celebrates the roots of American cuisine; true southern soul food, the diverse culinary traditions of its original neighbourhood, along with Marcus’s Northern European upbringing. Samuelsson’s team will offer Red Rooster’s menu throughout the restaurant and bar and will consult on the food offering in The Curtain Members Club spaces.
(Has just opened so I’m yet to revisit the final product in person but the feedback has been brilliant so far!)
Instinctive and informal, Nobu Hotel Shoreditch delivers a captivating and unique escape with the perfect balance of luxury, fun, craft and theatre. Offering 150 thoughtfully designed guestrooms and suites and unveiling London’s newest Nobu Restaurant, the design blends the raw creative energy of East London with the understated luxury of Nobu.
The hotel’s architecture utilizes innovative printed, layered glass, the highly reflective façade balances privacy and exposure, and interacts with its surroundings through the interplay of colour, reflection and light.
Meetings & Events:
The spacious venues at Nobu Hotel Shoreditch are well-suited for business and corporate meetings of all sizes. Flexible rooms with natural light welcome meetings and receptions. Our catering menus feature Japanese-fusion items inspired by Nobu to make the most of your time together. Whether it is a large conference, or more of an intimate business meeting, Nobu Hotel Shoreditch provides all the equipment for your needs.
Located on the ground floor, the adaptable Kaijo event space boasts an abundance of natural daylight with private access via the hotel’s restaurant entrance. The versatility of Kaijo allows this room to be used as one large space accommodating 200 people for a cocktail reception or to be divided into six separate spaces for more intimate events.
There are a few other “new” hotels that have opened this year that are certainly worth a mentioned, namely the Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square and The Montcalm Royal London House on Finsbury Square, details can be found in a previous post here
Should you have any questions, would like to arrange a viewing or are looking for an amazing venue for your next event please feel free to get in touch.
We look forward to being of service! Warmest regards from all the Inspirational Venues & Events Team!
Posted June 2017, by Graham Upton, Director